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  • Kevin White WR - CHI
    • Tue, Apr 17, 5:06pm

      White has not only looked sharp and been playing fast during offseason workouts, according to the Bears' official website.

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      Analysis: Although White is looking good at this stage of the offseason, expectations have to be considered low for someone who's played just five games in three seasons while catching just 21 passes for 193 yards. Aside from being an endgame pick in fantasy drafts for those who like to gamble on potential, he'll likely go undrafted in most leagues.

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  • Jordan Howard RB - CHI
    • Tue, Apr 17, 2:57pm

      Coach Matt Nagy said Tuesday that Howard "absolutely" will serve as the Bears' featured running back in 2018, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

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      Analysis: After back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons to begin his career, Howard has proven himself effective as a lead back, but the jump in tempo from former offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains to Nagy is expected to be a massive one. As such, backup running back Tarik Cohen will receive "a bunch of touches," per Nagy. There's a chance Howard will uphold his previous standard of 18.7 touches per game, but Nagy's comments indicate his workload could be scaled back some to ensure he stays as fresh as possible. In the end, the Bears will be trotting out second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, so run-heavy game plans are a good bet to dominate in Chicago this fall.

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  • Greg Olsen TE - CAR
    • Tue, Apr 17, 2:38pm

      Olsen declared Tuesday that he's been healthy "for a long time now," Joseph Person of The Charlotte Observer reports. "As big of a pain in the (butt) as it (a Jones fracture ) is, in the grand scheme of things I'm fine," Olsen said. "It just took a little time to heal."

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      Analysis: Olsen's 11th season was plagued by a Jones fracture in his right foot, an injury that can linger for months. Even after returning from a nine-game absence Week 12, he sandwiched two near-barren stat lines around a DNP in his first three potential appearances. In his last four, including the Panthers' wild-card defeat at New Orleans, Olsen looked like the tight end of old, posting two 100-yard outings en route to 21 catches for 260 yards (12.4 yards per) and two touchdowns. With months of "no restrictions" behind him, he still has the prospect of his audition for Monday Night Football hanging over his head. According to Person, an ESPN official wouldn't comment Tuesday about Olsen's status as a potential replacement for former color commentator and current Raiders coach Jon Gruden. For what it's worth, the Panthers are under the impression Olsen is keeping an eye toward his career beyond football and intends to play out the final year of his contract.

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    • Tue, Apr 17, 1:03pm

      Mercilus (pectoral) said Tuesday that he was cleared a month ago and is 100 percent, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

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      Analysis: Mercilus underwent season-ending surgery after suffering a torn pectoral in Week 5 of last season, but it looks like he has been ready to go for several weeks now. With Mercilus saying he'd be able to participate in a full practice Tuesday, the expectation is that the linebacker will be a full go once offseason workouts get into full swing.

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  • Dee Ford LB - KC
    • Tue, Apr 17, 12:46pm

      Ford (back) said Tuesday he feels "excellent," Sam McDowell of The Kansas City Star reports.

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      Analysis: Ford's positive attitude during Tuesday's press conference essentially confirms the report from last month that the linebacker expected to be 100 percent healthy at the start of Kansas City's OTAs. With that, the expectation is that Ford will be fully ready for the start of the regular season as well as he looks to make a major comeback in a contract year.

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  • Carson Wentz QB - PHI
    • Tue, Apr 17, 11:34am

      Wentz said Tuesday that he has begun the running portion of his rehab from a torn ACL in his left knee, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

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      Analysis: There's no evidence Wentz is running on the field, meaning he likely is contained to an Alter-G treadmill in order to rebuild strength and movement in the knee. During Tuesday's media session, he added there isn't a specific timetable for his return to the field, but Week 1 remains "the goal," according to Martin Frank of The Delaware News Journal. Wentz is confident he doesn't have to make an appearance in the preseason to achieve that objective, but he'd be beating the most optimistic timeline after tearing up his knee Dec. 10. As long as Wentz remains in recovery mode, Super Bowl LII hero Nick Foles will direct the Eagles offense.

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  • Cairo Santos K - CHI
    • Tue, Apr 17, 10:54am

      Santos faces competition for the Jets' kicking job after the team claimed Nick Rose off waivers from the Chargers on Monday, NJ.com reports.

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      Analysis: Santos is now presumably past the offseason procedure he underwent to repair a groin muscle injury, so he'll now focus on fending off the challenge that Rose is in line to present. Whichever kicker claims the job will be working behind an offense that averaged just 18.6 points per game last season. Newcomers like wideout Terrelle Pryor and running back Isaiah Crowell could help spur improvements on that front in 2018, but the team's attack is still slated to be directed by 38-year-old Josh McCown, while the Jets groom their soon-to-be drafted quarterback of the future.

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  • Zay Jones WR - BUF
    • Tue, Apr 17, 10:52am

      Jones is close to full heath following offseason surgery for a torn labrum, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports. "Not quite 100 percent, but he's working like some of the other players," head coach Sean McDermott said. "We do have some guys that are still working, rehabbing, Zay being one of them."

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      Analysis: Jones should be fine once the summer activities get serious. The team has also talked to him about his recent bizarre off-field incident that resulted in an arrest but no charges and appears satisfied that the young player can safely move past the embarrassing actions. He'll enter the season as the leading candidate for the No. 2 receiving job, though there's talk the team might take a receiver high in the upcoming draft.

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  • Earl Thomas DB - SEA
    • Tue, Apr 17, 10:35am

      Thomas didn't show up for the start of the Seahawks' offseason program Monday, Andy Patton of USA Today reports.

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      Analysis: The days of the Legion of Boom locking down opposing pass defenses could be drawing to a close. With Richard Sherman landing in San Francisco and Kam Chancellor recovering from a serious neck injury, Thomas is the last man standing in Seattle's secondary at the moment. At the Pro Bowl, Thomas told Jane Slater of NFL Network that he would not report to the Seahawks "without an extension," so the faceoff officially has commenced. A five-time All-Pro, including a second-team selection last season, Thomas is coming off 88 tackles and two interceptions across 14 appearances in 2017.

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  • Alex Collins RB - BAL
    • Tue, Apr 17, 9:58am

      Collins has signed his exclusive-rights free-agent tender with the Ravens, The Baltimore Sun reports.

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      Analysis: This was essentially a formality, with the signing paving the way for Collins to work on cementing his role in the Ravens' backfield this coming season. On the heels of a 2017 campaign in which he logged 212 carries for 973 yards and six touchdowns in 15 games, Collins currently tops the team's running back depth chart, a reality that coach John Harbaugh confirmed without hesitation last month. Meanwhile, Javorius Allen and Kenneth Dixon remain in the mix to serve in complementary/change-of-pace roles, with John Crockett, who last recorded an NFL carry in 2015, also under contract.

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